We all know the classic fairy tale of the three little pigs, right? This light-hearted, yet effective retrospective will highlight processes in the team that work well and are solid (brick house), questionable or could be improved (wooden house) or simply waiting to collapse (straw house).This is a great Agile retrospective for a team who have been working together for a while and who are accustomed to the processes and norms of the organisation in which they work.
"What is within our control to change here?"Emphasising that the actions agreed should be able to be owned and controlled by members of the team itself. Also helps focus the discussion to what is within the control of the team."Is there a way we can make this process a ‘brick house’ item?"Particularly when discussing the wooden house category, it is useful to understand what is making the team place it there and not in the ‘brick house’ category."What is it that makes these items solid and strong?"When dissecting the brick column, it is good to hear what is it that makes those items strong. This may help guide conversations when you move onto the wooden and straw columns.
By employing the Three Little Pigs, you will uncover the inter-team processes, technologies and ways of working with external teams that work well and those which do not. This fun 'fairy tale' approach will actually surface vital elements that are in place which helps the team succeed, as well as those that the team need additional support with.Be prepared that many of the items surfaced may be caused or impacted by external teams, or management layer which the team cannot control. Whilst these conversations are useful to have and are valuable to acknowledge; the focus of the session should be on what is in the control of the team and can be changed in the following sprint.Enjoyed this retrospective? It is also available in our signature comic strip style for easy reading and sharing. View and download the pdf here.